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Monograms and Words in Ribbon Embroidery
BY Di van Niekerk

Metz Press (distributed in the UK by Search Press)
24 April 2018 Out in US 2 October 2018-06-22/ ISBN 9781782216827
How-To Books/Needlework

Reviewed by Rachel Hyde


Say it with ribbon in this beautiful addition to Di van Niekerk’s ribbon embroidery series. There are twenty-six projects (one for every letter of the alphabet) and ideas for words as well as what to put it all on. Personalizing was never so pretty!

I confess to being a big fan of this lovely series and getting quite excited when a new addition comes out. There are other books on ribbon embroidery but I love the way these combine it with a wealth of other stitches, fancy yarns and painted backgrounds. This is probably not a book for a total beginner, but anybody with some embroidery experience can practise the ribbon stitches and make a good job of one of these fancy monograms. Before the projects there is a wealth of information that will stand you in good stead whatever you plan to make. As well as diagrams of various stitches you can find out how to apply the colored images printed at the back of the book to fabric. Freezer paper, print on fabric, paper for printers etc are all covered as well as tips on ironing, using graphics software and what fabric is best. There are also many pages of stitching guides for all the various effects from the letters to the flowers, stems etc. The alphabet itself has a couple of pages for each letter and gives staged instructions on how to work it. This includes a list of what you need with a colored diagram showing which step number relates to each part. You won’t find photographic stages but there is a good sized photograph of the finished item plus often a closeup detail of the most intricate part. The final chapter is headed “More Ideas” and covers several additional projects which are mostly for greetings cards. Turn to the back for the colored pictures that you can scan or copy using the helpful instructions earlier in the book. These are all heirloom quality projects that are sure to be treasured by their recipients and enjoyed by their creators. Highly recommended for your keeper shelf.

If you cannot find a good range of ribbon and embroidery materials locally try for a list of suppliers.

Visit the author’s site at which includes a worldwide list of where you can buy her ribbons, kits and other items.

Reviews of other titles by Di van Niekerk

Dreamscapes in Ribbon Embroidery and Stumpwork
Embroidered Alphabets With Ribbon Embroidery
Cicely Mary Barker’s Flower Fairies in Ribbon Embroidery and Stumpwork
Little Flowers In Silk and Organza Ribbon
Monograms and Words in Ribbon Embroidery
A Perfect World in Ribbon Embroidery and Stumpwork

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in The Bead Magazine, Making Jewellery and
Reviewed 2017